This book was such a pleasant surprise. I’ve had it on my shelves for a while now (along with the other two books in the trilogy), but I listened to this via audiobook. I’m glad I did, too! The narrator was absolutely perfect for the role of Gwenyth, a 16-year-old girl who learns she’s inherited the time traveler gene, not her cousin!
Title: Ruby Red (Precious Stone Trilogy #1)
Author: Kerstin Gier
Publisher (American): Henry Holt
Release date (American): May 10, 2011
Length: 324 pages (U.S. hardcover)
Genre: Young adult, fantasy, sci-fi
Synopsis: “Gwyneth Shepherd’s sophisticated, beautiful cousin Charlotte has been prepared her entire life for traveling through time. But unexpectedly, it is Gwyneth, who in the middle of class takes a sudden spin to a different era!
Gwyneth must now unearth the mystery of why her mother would lie about her birth date to ward off suspicion about her ability, brush up on her history, and work with Gideon–the time traveler from a similarly gifted family that passes the gene through its male line, and whose presence becomes, in time, less insufferable and more essential. Together, Gwyneth and Gideon journey through time to discover who, in the 18th century and in contemporary London, they can trust.”
I loved being inside Gwenyth’s head. She’s spunky, quite likable, and doesn’t put up with anyone’s crap! I adored all of the characters, and have a soft spot for Gwen’s best friend, Lesley. That girl doesn’t bat an eyelash about anything, and she was incredibly supportive of Gwen! Go, female friendships! I wasn’t quite sure what to make of Gideon, though. He seemed quite taken with Charlotte, so to be thrown together with Gwen unexpectedly… I mean, I don’t <i>hate</i> him, but I’m suspicious of him even though he’s a nice guy.
There’s an air of mystery around this new world Gwen is thrust into. We not only deal with the main character’s own confusion, but she also has a few tricks up her sleeve. She’s quite at war with what her own family tells her (and how some are disappointed she’s even inherited the gene in the first place), but Gwen also seems genuinely curious to figure out why she was kept in the dark about her heritage.
This book is translated from German and sometimes things can get lost despite having an excellent translator (as was the case for me with The Map of Time), but this novel was enjoyable all around. The writing style is simple and easy to read, and can definitely be a quick read if you have the time on your hands! I can’t wait to dive back into this world and see how the rest of the story will play out. I have high hopes for Gwen. 🙂